New Season at the Finborough (
The Finborough Theatre’s summer season features two world
premieres from female playwrights – a new play written and directed by the
first woman ever to direct at the National Theatre, and a debut play from a
brand new American dramatist – alongside another classic Finborough rediscovery
from one of the greatest theatrical figures of the 19th century, unseen in
London for over 120 years. We also bring you the eleventh consecutive year of
our annual celebration of new writing, Vibrant 2019 – A Festival of
Finborough Playwrights
, giving us a chance to share with you just a few
of the exceptional writers we have developed, nurtured and championed over the
last year. 

The season opens with the world premiere of playwright and
director Julia Pascal’s award-winning Blueprint Medea, a
gripping new drama loosely inspired by Euripides’ Medea, which connects the
classical to the contemporary to explore eternal questions of passion, war,
cultural identity, women’s freedom, sex, family and love. Blueprint
 plays 21 May-8 June 2019. 

In its first London production in over 120 years, our season
continues with After Dark; or, A Drama of London Life by
Dion Boucicault, based on Les Oiseaux de Proie by Eugène
Grangé and Adolphe d’Ennery. Written in 1868, the year that the Finborough
Theatre’s building was constructed, After Dark; or, A Drama of
London Life
 is a classic Victorian melodrama, but is also
startlingly contemporary with a thrilling climax on the London Underground, and
its sympathetic portrayal of London’s homeless community. It plays 12 June-6
July 2019. 

Playing alongside After Dark; or, A Drama of London
, our annual celebration of new writing Vibrant 2019 – A
Festival of Finborough Playwrights
 returns for its eleventh
consecutive year, playing on Sunday and Monday evenings and Thursday matinees
between 16 June-4 July 2019. This year’s Vibrant includes the
winner of this year’s ETPEP Award in association with the Finborough Theatre
which has awarded £8000 to a new playwright who works in another job in
theatre, alongside stunning new plays from many Finborough Theatre

Rounding off our summer season is another world
premiere, Lunatic 19’s – A Deportational Road Trip, by a new
American playwright, Tegan McLeod, playing 9 July-3 August 2019. With
coruscating humour and caustic observation, Lunatic 19’s captures the human
stories at the heart of the current debate about migration and refugees. 

Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson says:
“Our new season features two world premieres alongside another of my
rediscoveries from Victorian drama – with a play written in 1868, the very year
that the Finborough Theatre building was constructed. And Vibrant
2019 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights
, our annual festival of new
writing, returns for its eleventh consecutive year. 

The Finborough Arms, our pub home, was taken over by an
entirely new management and extensively refurbished at the end of last year,
and now offers a wide menu of traditional pub favourites, all cooked on the
premises. We both look forward to welcoming you.” 

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